Nyack’s premier park is Memorial Park right on the Hudson River. This 11 acre area currently has baseball, basketball, tennis, a children’s playground, and a butterfly garden. It is also the location of many events, such as the Friend’s of the Nyack’s Mostly Music summer program on Tuesday evenings.
The Village started a planning process for its waterfront in the early 1990s, and adopted its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program in 1992, which was later integrated into its Comprehensive Plan in 2007.
The Nyack Parks Conservancy has been working on a plan to improve the park since 2008. It has hired the renowned NYC firm Quennell Rothschild to design a new, expanded park, which would include the Village-owned marina just to the north.
The fundamental goal of the plan is to use the parking area to the north to replace much of the paved areas in Memorial Park. Critical to this is the addition of a bridge to cross from the parking area to the park. A public meeting was held at the Nyack Center on January 21, 2009. The following two documents were used:
- Site Plan — Site Plan — PDF file of the proposal
- Presentation — a PDF of the presentation.
- Budget Guideline — A preliminary estimate of the project cost.
NOTE: Children’s Playground Fundraising Efforts Update
Thanks to the generosity of many present and former Nyack-area residents, the Nyack Parks Conservancy has raised over $100,000 to begin the renovation of the Children’s Playground in Memorial Park. The first step is choosing a playground designer who can create a new layout and plan for the new playground. The Conservancy, in conjunction with the Nyack Parks Commission, will be looking to replace the current rubber-mulch fill with a more environmentally friendly—and safe—natural product, and will bring the playground into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), so it can be easily used by those with disabilities. New types of surfacing, playground equipment, and activities will also be considered once the playground design has been determined. The Parks Commission, in conjunction with the Village of Nyack, will be holding at least one public workshop—and perhaps one or two informational events—to discuss the plans and proposed changes with the community, so keep checking back for more information about the playground. Once a playground design has been completed, we’ll post a copy of it here.
Although we have raised a significant amount of money, there will be a second phase of the playground renovation that will require additional funding. If you’d like to help, more information is available on the Parks Conservancy website (http://nyackpark.org/), where you can make an online donation by clicking the “donate” button at the top of the page. You can also send a check to the Nyack Parks Conservancy, PO Box 1014, Nyack NY 10960. If you’d like to help with the effort, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.